The Summer Solstice, which occurs on June 21st, is when the sun is at its highest path through the sky and the day is the longest. It marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and simultaneously begins winter in the southern hemisphere. Because the day is so long the Sun does not rise exactly in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west allowing it to be in the sky for a longer period of time. In 2010, the solstice occurs and summer begins, in the Northern Hemisphere, early on June 21, at 7:28 a.m. EDT
The solstice is due to the tilt of the earth's axis, without it we would have no seasons. The earth spins around
In 1907, Anna M Jarvis, to ease her grief, proposed and then organized an annual remembrance for her mother who had passed on into loving memory. It was a special memorial service that was to honor her mother with five hundred carnations-her mother's favorite flower-made into corsages.
Miss Jarvis worked, for the next seven years, to create a national holiday honoring mothers. On May 8, 1914 Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May "Mother's Day," urging an annual "public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country."
Very quickly the day became a commercial event. Anna Jarvis spent the rest of her life fighting the commercialism of this holiday that was so dear to her heart. She wrote countless letters, articles and pamphlets arguing that the holiday had been intended to inspire thoughtful, loving gestures-"through some distinct act of kindness, visit, letter, a gift or tribute to show remembrance of the mother to whom general affection is due."
The last month of school provides parents with an opportunity to encourage their children to become self-motivated. It is easy during first months of school to motivate children. Everything is new, new teacher, room, school supplies, a fresh start to be brilliant! Yet, all those reasons are external.
Spring weather can be a challenge for parents; it can be sunny, it can rain, or snow, all in the same week. Active children love to run and play outdoors, but when the weather conditions change from day to day and they need to limit their outdoor activities children tend to get antsy.
Although, children do need to learn that it is not the weather that makes them moody, it is their attitude toward the weather. A special plan for when the weather is tempestuous will be a colossal advantage to both parents and children. Special treats and activities that are enjoyed only on stormy days pass the hours pleasantly while your children are cooped up indoors.
Most children learn the basic rules of their language at an early age through listening and practice. Learning to make sense of language requires time, development and lots of practice in everyday situations. A lot of verbal interaction not only helps children to communicate and be sociable, but understand their environment as it helps children with thinking and reading abilities.
A great majority of children develop language very efficiently, they out grow small problems like the inability to pronounce words as adults do. However, if your child appears not to hear what you say to her/him, if you find it difficult to understand your child, if she/he has noticeably different communicative abilities from other children of the same age, you may choose to speak to your family Doctor.
As parents, we are our children’s chief resources in language development. With our questions, as well as how we listen and respond to our children’s comments, we become our child’s main sustainers of language development and growth. With many oral interactions our children are encouraged to understand the written language, as they learn to comprehend.
Because oral language is so crucial to a child’s literacy development, which includes listening, speaking, reading and writing skills we need to cultivate it each day. Children need to learn how conversation works, how to take turns, look attentively, use facial expressions. They need interaction with other children their own age, and mixed-age groups. Family activities should nurture collaboration and discussion such as building with blocks together, games, book-sharing, gardening, long walks, cooking, dinner time, puzzles and even sewing. keep reading at: http://www.examiner.com/x-2016-Parenting--Education-Examiner~y2010m4d6-Oral-language-development-in-our-homes
Dating back to the fourteenth century Hot Cross Buns have been a part of Good Fridays. According to legend, on Good Friday the poor would visit abbey kitchens, where monks would give them a spicy currant bun with iced crosses. These Hot Crossed buns were considered blessed and believed to impart powerful protection.
By the eighteenth century, their popularity had grown and English street vendors would sell them by the bushel on Good Friday. Today hot cross buns are sold in bakeries throughout the season of Lent. This simple recipe can be whipped up for family and served with your favorite tea.
Easy Hot Cross Buns
Not the traditionally made buns, but these are delicious Hot Cross Buns are made in half the time.
Livia McCoy has taught average or above average high school students with learning disabilities specific to language since 1984. Her new book, When Learning is Painful, How to Help Struggling Students, is a resource for parents and teachers. A well researched, easy to read practical guide based on how research works in the classroom and at home.
McCoy begins by basing her personal philosophy on Knowles, 1980 work:
• Adults need to be respected
• Adults make sense of their own experiences
• Adults want to feel autonomous and self-directed
• Adults want their learning to be relevant and practical
She uses these principals with the idea that learning should be joyful and meaningful.
As she lists ten ways to make learning more enjoyable McCoy delves into important considerations regarding how people learn.
The best Secret Garden and the first day of spring... Saturday March 20th is the first day of spring in 2010, in the Northern Hemisphere. Say good bye to winter with a new family book. Keep Reading at: http://ning.it/cNVqFk
You exemplify that good educators are good every day, no matter what is going on. The past weeks you have continued to teach, you have kept children a priority. As our government bails out corporations and allows schools to close. I walk into your classrooms and you are listening with your head and your heart, you acknowledge the wonders and wonder right along with your students.
While America sends billions to other countries, you are loosing your jobs. Still, you are intentional with your words and lessons as you teach not just the answers in a book, but the child. You share the treasures that took generations of educators' years to acquire. Your science is not just the subjects and the age of your students but how best to teach, what is the best instruction.
Pi Day 101
March 14th or 3-14 is Pi Day. Pi is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter. In other words Pi is the number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle (the distance around the circle) by its diameter (the distance across). It is typically written as 3.14.Because pi is 3.14159….some schools hold their celebrations until 1:59. Pi is called an irrational number; it has an infinite number of digits.
March 14th also happens to be the birth date of Albert Einstein—which makes it a double math celebration. Time for a math party filled with math challenges.
The History of Pi
Ancient Babylonians are known to have determined the area of a circle by taking 3 times the square of its radius which gave the value of pi, 4,000 years ago. One Babylonian tablet found, revealed a value of 3.125 for pi, which is a closer estimate.
In 1706 William Jones began using The Greek letter π. The symbol was made popular by Euler in 1737.
Activities to celebrate Pi day
• Who can memorize and recite Pi to the most digits without a mistake!
• Read a variety of stories involving the use of measuring circles.
• Read about ancient Egypt and Archimedes
• Measure the circumference, diameter and radius of objects around the house.
• Only eat circular food.
• Create your own Pi T shirts using Fabric Paint or Fabric Markers
• Pi Bracelets, with each bead color representing a number
• Make a pizza measuring the circumference, diameter and radius.
• For dessert, of course, you must have pie!
Find something to marvel at. Even the neediest writing has something to appreciate. It might be a wonderful idea for a story. It might make you laugh or touch your heart. You might rave about the beginning, a beautifully written sentence, paragraph, ending. Maybe you want to share the amazing picture their words created in your mind, or memory it touched. Be enthusiastic!
It is your child's work!
Your child should have total control over their work. If you tell them what they should say or how something should be written, what you are telling your child they are not capable of doing it themselves. Ultimately, any changes done to work should be their choice. You can gently ask them to clarify, or tell them you are a bit confused about a part. Ask them to explain it to you, and then praise how they explained it, wonder with them if they could go back and change it, using the fantastic language they used when they were explaining. What are important facts for your reader? Can you sparkle it up with your exiting words?
There is an old saying that goes... if March comes in like a lion; it will go out like a lamb.
The average temperature at the end of March is higher than at the beginning, in most locations, so the proverb typically has some truth to it, but where did it come from? The phrase apparently has its origins with the constellations Leo, the Lion, and Aries, the ram or lamb. It has to do with the relative positions of these constellations in the sky at the beginning and end of March.
This is a perfect time to talk to your children about what this old saying might mean? If March starts out cold and "ferocious", like a lion, it will end up warm and "gentle" like a lamb. Discuss what would make the weather "ferocious" like a lion? (Rain, cold, wind, snow,) What would make the weather "gentle" like a lamb? (Sunshine, warm breezes, balmy)
March is a wonderful time to teach your children about comparing, contrasting and recording. Draw table on a piece of paper. Call one side LION and one side LAMB. List elements of weather like temperature, wind, rain, snow, etc that fit on each side. Explain that each day your child will observe and chart their observations. Your child would love their own thermometer.
Choose a particular time of day (right after school or dinner is a good time as it will help engage your children in dinnertime conversation). You can also do a bit of math/graphing practice by providing your child with the lion/lamb template at http://www.examiner.com/x-2016-Parenting--Education-Examiner~y2010m3d1-March-helps-parents-teach-temperature-101. (You may copy and paste.) Each day, have them record in one of the squares on either the lion or the lamb side (depending on what the weather is like).
Make a note at the top of the graph about whether March 1st is a lamb or a lion day. Then see if March 31st is the opposite.
The kitchen is fascinating place for children. Pots on the stove, yummy smells make their tummy growl. It is intriguing how cakes rise, cookies bake and dinners come together. Cooking with children motivates and empowers them to develop healthy eating habits through hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods that build family traditions.
Children love to be part of the hustle and bustle in the kitchen let them help out with small tasks, like stirring something or setting the table. School age kids can be taught how to crack eggs, measure ingredients. Give teens their own night to cook, tell them they can choose the dish and you'll help prepare it with them.
History of Santa for Parents-Slide show is Dr. Moore’s Visit from St. Nicholas is to share with your children)
In the winter of 1822, Reverend Clemet Clark Moore, a professor at New York’s General Theological Seminary, wrote a poem to amuse his very own children on Christmas Eve. His gift began, “Twas the night before Christmas…” It would not be until 1844 that Dr. Moore would admit publicly that he had written the poem.
Reverend Moore was a serious scholar and preferred to be remembered by the world for his translation of the Bible from Hebrew rather than the man who gave the world “Santa Clause.” Twas the night before Christmas was private something for his family.
Miss Harriet Butler of Troy, New York, was visiting the Moore family in autumn 1823, and saw the poem. She was delighted with the vision of the writing and asked for a copy. In December 1823, Miss Butler sent the verse anonymously to the Troy Sentinel and the editor printed it. Then, very proudly Miss Butler sent Dr. Moore a copy of the newspaper.
Hi Marjorie. Mystery shopping is definitely something you can do over the holidays or anytime to bring in extra money. The great thing about it is you only do the jobs you want to do that fit in with your schedule. I have been doing it for ten years and I wrote a book called "The Essential Guide to Mystery Shopping" which teaches new people how to do the job without running in all of the circles I did when I first started. It is available in both paperback and PDF so it can be downloaded. I will put the link at the end of this note in case you are interested.
Right now, I am doing lots of grocery store mystery shops as I want extra food in the house for the holidays. The way it works is I am given a certain amount to spend and paid a small fee. This particular company pays me in two weeks via direct deposit. Some companies pay weekly and believe it or not, some take up to three months. I do not work for them as I do not have the money to wait three months for it to come back to me. There are over 300 legitimate mystery shopping companies listed in my book, but you can register at www.volition.com and find companies there to work with too. That website is a mystery shoppers forum. You will recognize my name, PamInCa on the forum as I post quite a bit. I am also the president of the IMSC. (Independent Mystery Shoppers Coalition) You can learn more about that on Volition as well as our Facebook page, which is http://tinyurl.com/yb3org2.
If you have anymore questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com and I will be glad to help.
Hey there, My sister lives in Palm Coast. I was just there visiting. she works at Greg Lynn Jewelers in the WinnDixie plaza on Flagler Plaza Drive. Stop in someday and say hi to my sis, Kathleen. She'll get a kick out of it.
Hi Marjorie, Welcome to the Metromom group. There are some great women who've joined and are joining, so please do join in the discussions. I look forward to connecting with you.
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